ROUNDUP: Former editor seeking job at UA censored story, college paper reports

Above: From the left – Bob Davis, former Alabama editor, Manuel Duran, recently released journalist in Tennessee, and Andrea Valdez, new editor-in-chief of investigative journalism publication in Texas. Linkedin photos

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CENSORING FOR THE BOSS?: The Crimson White, the student newspaper at the University of Alabama, reports concerns about  journalism ethics surrounding a candidate for a university job.

Bob Davis, former editor and publisher at The Anniston Star in Alabama, is a candidate for a job that oversees six university media outlets, including The Crimson White.

The student newspaper reports a former reporter who worked with Davis at The Anniston Star alleges that Davis censored an unfolding story about a company executive’s history of sexual assault. 

The subject was H. Brandt Ayers, former publisher of The Anniston Star and former  board chairman of the Alabama-based company that owns the newspaper, Consolidated Publishing Inc. Ayers admitted to at least once incident of spanking an employee, The Anniston Star reported Jan. 2, 2018.

Davis defended his stance about how he managed the reporter and the coverage in an editorial the same day in the same newspaper. 

LET’S BE SAFE OUT THERE: A Columbia Journalism Review article tells the story of a fake recruiter harassing young journalists. It includes the experience of a University of Florida broadcast journalism student who was asked for her measurements  and if she would meet the fake recruiter in person and take off her clothes. 

At first, the student assumed some of the appearance questions were part of the business because of the emphasis on looks in the broadcasting field.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: U.S. Immigration Custom Enforcement Board of Immigration Appeals  is reopening an asylum claim from detained Memphis journalist, Manuel Duran, who publishes the Spanish-language online news outlet Noticias Memphis

Duran was arrested more than 15 months ago.

OBSERVING TEXAS: Andrea Valdez is the new editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer,  a non-profit investigative journalism publication. She is the first Latina to lead a statewide publication in Texas, the magazine reported in its July-August issue.

Also, Texas Monthly has a new owner, Houston investor Randa Duncan Williams. Duncan has pledged to protect the magazine’s legacy of longform journalism and boost investments in the magazine’s  long-term growth, the magazine reported.

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